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Re: SWEET (but not friendly) ontologies

From: Raúl García Castro <rgarcia@fi.upm.es>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:25:41 +0100
Message-ID: <4D39C195.4040002@fi.upm.es>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
CC: public-lod@w3.org
El 21/01/11 15:54, Kingsley Idehen escribió:
> On 1/21/11 9:40 AM, Raúl García Castro wrote:
>> Dear Bernard,
>> In the SemsorGrid4Env European project [4] we are working with the
>> SWEET v2.0 ontologies in order to reuse some general terms in our
>> flood management use case.
>> You are correct in saying that the documentation and metadata provided
>> by these ontologies could be better. And this would also extend their
>> use.
>> You can take a look at the ontologies that we have developed at [5].
>> Kind regards,
>> [4] http://www.semsorgrid4env.eu/
>> [5] http://www.semsorgrid4env.eu/index.php/ontologies
> Yes, but do you have any live accessible data? That's the crux of the
> matter re. VOAF. Basically, is there publicly accessible Linked Data
> based on this ontology from your project?

Dear Kingsley,

Right now we are working on publishing the data that we are managing in 
the project as linked data; give us a couple of months. :)

Kind regards,

>>> Hello all
>>> Gathering vocabularies for the growing VOAF dataset [1] leads to the
>>> discovery of a bunch of linking and resusing good practice (good news)
>>> but also makes obvious in comparison some data islands, apparently
>>> isolated from everyything else whatsoever in the Cloud.
>>> The SWEET ontologies developed by NASA [2] [3] seem to be in that case.
>>> We have there a set of about 200 interlinked ontologies for Earth and
>>> Environment sciences, but neither relying on any external namespace, nor
>>> bearing any kind of metadata (creator, date, publisher, rights ...) to
>>> which we are used in "friendly" vocabularies. SWEET ontologies don't
>>> seem used in any VOAF vocabulary or CKAN package I've met so far. And
>>> the homepage has not even a contact email to cc this message :(
>>> I've heard that NASA uses those ontologies internally, but could not
>>> find any pointer to that kind of use.
>>> This is really a sad observation given the size of the work and the
>>> reliable organization backing up this effort, those ontologies should be
>>> linked to and from many other vocabularies!
>>> So, if anyone has used one of SWEET vocabularies in a dataset or extend
>>> it in some vocabulary, please send pointers!
>>> And if someone behind SWEET ontologies is lurking on this list, I would
>>> be happy to make contact :)
>>> Bernard
>>> [1] http://www.mondeca.com/foaf/voaf-vocabs.rdf
>>> [2] http://sweet.jpl.nasa.gov/
>>> [3] http://sweet.jpl.nasa.gov/2.1/


Dr. Raúl García Castro

Ontology Engineering Group
Dpto. de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería de Software
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Campus de Montegancedo, s/n - Boadilla del Monte - 28660 Madrid
Phone: +34 91 336 36 70 - Fax: +34 91 352 48 19
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